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The Species Within

(Battles in the Dark)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  54 reviews
WARNING: This book is intended for people aged 18+

Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many people in her life, but because she has an edge that no
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ebook, 1st, 402 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Publicious Self-Publishing
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Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines “You really are special aren’t you?”

“Don’t look at the naked man. Don’t look at the naked man.”

“Gods! Where did you come from?” he said as he kissed her.
“Does it matter? I’m here now.”
“And thank the gods for that.”

“Deep inside him however, he knew that it would never be better without her.”

“That, my dear former leader…” he said between his fits of laughter. “…is your death.”


Good book! Great characters, kick ass scenes! Kira is a special human she's just like the supernatural but
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Dianne
How does a human with “special abilities” go from hunting and killing every supernatural creature she can find to making the decision to stand with them? Kira’s hatred runs deep, but when she discovers that one of these ancient and dark creatures want to awaken an indestructible beast to take over and destroy the world, time becomes a commodity in short supply and action is paramount. It isn’t easy for Kira, as she learns that these creatures with their penchant for sex and blood have a very “ ...more
Eclipse Reviews
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Freaking Amazing!

Kira have been killing mythlends for a time now. With the same strengths and DNA of two mythlends species but still human Kira packs one hell of a punch.

Hunting them alone at night, she keeps to her promise to destroy them all. But she never counted on the warrior Emmerich sent to bring her in to the Vanatre leader. She is an abomination, and a deadly one. They need to find out what she is and get rid of her. But when the leader of the Vanatre discovers that his enemy
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Michael Thompson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Absolutely loved it. Kira, the main character is like Buffy the vampire slayer multiplied by 10! An absorbing fantasy novel that deserves to be read by everyone. I warn you that you will want to read book 2 as soon as you finish this one. It is definitely an 'adult' fantasy with a lot of spice. Very much a page turner. :)
Samuel Colbran
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, the characters were fantastic, the lore was terrific (I am a bit of a lore buff) and my all time favourite character is Kuron. Not to go into spoiler territory but at a certain point, I even fist pumped in excitement because Kuron did something. That doesn't happen often when I read a book.

There are some sexy times in the book, but this never distracted me from the storyline. Even though the premise was straightforward, it showed how talented a storyteller Kimberley is as the
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Angela Oliver
It's going to be hard to know where to start when reviewing this book. Let me just say, I'm going to have quite a bit to say, and not all of it will be complimentary. So if you are passionate about how great this book is, then I suggest you read no further. Although, if you are the author, I have made note of a few typos at the very end.

If however you are thinking of reading this book and trying to decide by reading reviews, then please read on. Also, if you appreciate a bit of snarkasm, you
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Debra Buckland
Ummm what can I say?
This book could have been written without the erotic crap in it and it still would be a complete story without it. And probably better.
Not reading book 2 or 3 - not worth my time.
Many editing mistakes makes it hard to read at times.
Other than that it was easy reading.
C. Erani Kole
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole
I received this book from the author and Authors & Reviewers Group in exchange for a honest review.

Unique storyline and plot with interesting secondary characters who add to the story. It does feature a sort of love triangle which I am not a fan of, but it is resolved by the end of the book. It irritates me when the heroine can't make up her mind and strings along two guys. I debated whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but in the end decided on 4 because the book kept me interested enough to
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Dianne
How does a human with “special abilities” go from hunting and killing every supernatural creature she can find to making the decision to stand with them? Kira’s hatred runs deep, but when she discovers that one of these ancient and dark creatures want to awaken an indestructible beast to take over and destroy the world, time becomes a commodity in short supply and action is paramount. It isn’t easy for Kira, as she learns that these creatures with their penchant for sex and blood have a very “ ...more
Debbie
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH!!! Dont you just LOVE it when a book totally surprises you?? This one did.

I originally recieved this book as a free one when I purchased another book that sounded really good. I didn't even look at this one, nor the other that I got free, I simply read the one I wanted and filed the other two on the shelf. After coming across the second book in this trilogy, I plunged right in and I'm so glad I did!

Kira is human, but with powers that no other human has, but those powers are usually confined
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Nightly Cravings
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Electrifying Compulsive Read!

The Species within, Battles of the Dark book one by Kimberley Clark, is an Erotic Urban Fantasy novel. This is not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

Kimberley Clark is one of the few favorite authors this year. She brings us a nostvores (vampires) and lycrouds(werewolves) world with a new taste that left me satisfied and craving for more.

The story evolves around a girl named Kira. But she isn't no ordinary human. She possesses unfathomable powers which
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Holly
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the story. While the world of Vampires and Werewolves has been done to death, this book brings a new light to the genre. Along with nostvores (vamps of olde) and lycroulds (werewolves at will) are joined by many other species, some of which I have never even thought about before. There's a twist on banshees, demons and soul suckers.

The book has a great plot, saving the world, who doesn't love that? Personaly, I thought Kira was too much of a whining little bitch to end up with TWO hot
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Star
Kira is a huntress of mythlend creatures, especially nostvores who are the breed which killed her family. However, unlike any other human, she holds some of the abilities of both nostvores and lycroulds. These abilities are draining her human strength and will one day kill her...and her time is running out. Kira learns about one of the nostvore faction leaders taking steps to awaken an ancient, uncontrollable, and destructive species who he thinks will assist him in taking control of the humans ...more
Erin
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone over 15
Recommended to Erin by: Kimberley Clark
Wow. What can I say about this book but I WANT MORE. Kira is a human with the DNA of both Lycrouds (werewolves) and nostvores (Vampires)and because of this she is a very powerful enemy to them both. At a young age Kira watched her parents be murdered by Nostovores. She is then taken in by another Human who knows the art of A'Kei (Magic spells)and learns all she can.
She is then tested of her will power when she finds out that the elder nostovore clan (Vanatre) need her help to stop a rival clan
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Samaris Creech
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So here it goes. This is the first book in the Battles in the Dar Series. Kira is a young lady who has unusual gifts. At an early age she saw her parents murdered by a mythical creature. From that day forward she made it her mission to hunt down said creatures and kill them all. During one of her “missions” she is spotted by Emmerich and things really start to get interesting. Here is the kicker because of her unusual ...more
Trabis Scott
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this book a few years back at comicon in Perth from kimberley herself, I originally kinda just wanted to make small talk with her but her enthusiasm persuaded me to buy the book. Vampires, Werewolves and all manner of beasts what's not to love was my thought and then I started to read. I never saw myself reading erotic novels if I'm honest but my god I started reading on the train and had to stop for fear of causing a scene when I had to stand up in front of the old lady across from me. ...more
KStar
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and compelling to the very end, with strong male and female characters there is something for everyone to relate to in this story and a story-line that forces you to keep turning page after page... a magnificent read and after i finished this one i ordered the second one in seconds... and the next one after that....
Tenay
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing it has you hooked from the first chapter and I just couldn’t put it down. I had only read the first 50 pages when I had already ordered the next two books. It is well written from each characters perspective and I can’t wait to read what happens in the next two books.
Penny Miller
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A captivating novel, would easliy recommend to others in my own age group (20's) for an enticing experience.
Redsky29
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lot of grammar errors but good storyline enjoyed the book other then the grammatical errors.
Clara Harding
This Novel simply leapt off the pages and had me hooked from page 1 - The Species Within is a hugely different style of novel than your typical Vampire feast, it's a bright light in what has become a very large overly used genre - Enter Kira a kick ass, sword wielding, Mythlend slaying one hell of a woman who has all of the speed, healing and powers of a Mythlend but is Human. She is one of a kind that has hidden under the radar slaying everything in her midst trying to level the field because ...more
Lauren Dawes
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clark has created a world based on ‘nostvore’ (vampires) and ‘lycrould’ (werewolves) amongst a whole throng of other ‘mythelands’ in The Species Within. With an interesting twist on the vampire legends, I can see where Clark has drawn her inspiration from where other books/authors left off, dragging the reader into the world she’s created…and I do so love a good vampire novel, and this one hasn’t disappointed.

Kira is a human with extraordinary abilities. Being part nostvore and lycrould gives
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WakenPayne
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to pick up a paperback copy of this book at a Comic-Con and even briefly talked with Kimberly Clark. I just think supporting others struggling to make it huge is something I like doing. Either way this kind of had me hooked from the start with maybe it being lost towards the end as I;m reading The Hobbit as well but, I recommend this.

The plot is that there is a world beneath our own which includes people known as mythlends. There are different clans of Vampires, werewolves,
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Jeannie Zelos
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Species Within (Battles in the Dark). Kimberley Clark.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
So, vampire type paranormals and romance – that's me hooked :) or so I though..in fact I struggled quite a lot to begin in getting to grips with this book. That's partly because Kimberley has taken the traditional vampires and werewolves, and extended them into something more. Throw in Kira a human whose not human, or at least has supernatural powers, and I was a bit lost. There were so many types
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Jennifer Hines
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I first opened this book on my Kindle I thought ‘Wow, this is a long book!’ But after reading it…it wasn’t long enough. There are quite a few typos, but the storyline and characters were so well written and enjoyable that they were easily overlooked.

When you have a feisty main character there is bound to be humor, and Kira does not disappoint. She is a smartass who never lets her defenses down, even when facing
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Jennifer Hines
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I first opened this book on my Kindle I thought ‘Wow, this is a long book!’ But after reading it…it wasn’t long enough. There are quite a few typos, but the storyline and characters were so well written and enjoyable that they were easily overlooked.

When you have a feisty main character there is bound to be humor, and Kira does not disappoint. She is a smartass who never lets her defenses down, even when facing
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Berls
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I feel really bad about The Species Within, but I just couldn't finish it. I've spent days trying to connect with these characters and get invested in the plot. It's just not happening. I think that this COULD be a
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Lisa
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished "Battles in the Dark"... WOW! That's the word I would use to describe it. It was a fantastic read. Lots of adventure, paranormality, attitude, romance, and intimacy. .

The storyline was well written with no lag. Very detailed which added a lot to the story leaving the reader to "see" what was going on in the minds eye. There was excitement and adventure which kept me wanting to read it and see what would happen next.

The characters were great. Their personalities were well
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Pam
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Ms. Clark approached me many months ago for a review, and life got busy, so I apologize for taking so long getting to it.

This book started off fantastic. In fact, it reminded me of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series (which I love!) As you saw from the blurb, Kira is a huntress, who kills the nostvores (aka vampires). This isn’t so hard for her because she shares a lot of the same abilities.

Kira’s a hard ass, she is a supreme fighter, and at one point she was tortured. Most people would cave;
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